Greetings From Schott
Since I haven't really welcomed any of our Message Board Members yet, I would like to start this by giving a warm welcome to all our members. I know that there are many more people visiting out little Blog site than just members, and I welcome you too!!
I am Jason Schott, a 4th generation Schott family member. Many of you already know the story of how my Great Grandfather put the first zipper in a motorcycle jacket. That original jacket was created for a Harley-Davidson dealership. I'm sure you've also heard the stories about Marlon Brando and James Dean wearing our jackets. I thought I'd take some time to fill you in on some of the more recent developments in our company.
This weekend I was in Cincinnati for a V-Twin Dealer Motorcycle show. First, I must say that if you're ever in Cincinnati you have to try to Skyline Chili. I prefer the Chili Dogs, but the traditional Skyline Chili is served over spaghetti. (Don't ask me, we didn't invent the dish!)
The show was only open to dealers, and we were greeted with great enthusiasm. In addition to the old classic Perfecto styles, we also introduced a new collection of motorcycle jackets including - for the first time - leather and nylon jackets with CE approved removable armor. These new styles will be available in spring 2005 and you should see these styles debut on our website in the next 2 months.
I can't tell you how many people in the motorcycle industry came up to me to thank us for our contribution to the industry. Many people had their 20-30 year old Perfecto's that "shrunk" throughout the years. (Perhaps they had a little too much of that Skyline Chili!) Many of these jackets were passed down to their kids, and others were waiting in their closets - perhaps to pop up on Ebay someday.
There is a reason why our old jackets are still in circulation. Schott is still very much a family business, and all of our jackets are produced under the watchful eye of a Schott family member. Oren Schott, my cousin and another great grandson of our founder Irving is on the production floor all day every day.
I've attached a picture of one of the bikes just so you can see how incredible they are. I wish I could remember the maker so I could give them credit for the amazing amount of work they put into this machine.
I'm sure that I will have more to say in the coming weeks, but I just wanted to let you know that we take a great deal of pride in the product that bears our name, and we appreciate everyone who takes the time to write to us.